The Economist, China 31 Jan 2015 - AS CHINA’S economy slows, and labour-intensive manufacturing moves elsewhere in search of cheaper workers, anxious and angry employees are becoming ever bolshier. According to China Labour Bulletin, an NGO in Hong Kong, the number of strikes and labour protests reported in 2014 doubled to more than 1,300. In the last quarter they rose threefold year-on-year, with factory workers, taxi drivers and teachers across the country demanding better treatment.
VietNamnews, 30 Jan 2015 - Employers using "sophisticated" ways to take "revenge" on union officials and the latter's poor negotiation and communication skills were among labour relations problems highlighted at a workshop on Tuesday.
PhilStar,Philippines, 29 Jan 2015 - Various several labor organizations, including the Trade union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP) and TUCP partylist group, on Thursday asked the wage board to add P136 to the current P466 minimum wage for workers in Metro Manila.
The highlights and new features on this AP-IRNet January newsletter include: ILO's newest report "World Employment and Social Outlook - Trends 2015", The "Global Wage Report 2014/15", "Rules of the Game: a brief introduction to International Labour Standards"; As well as updated news on industrial relations issues in the region.
Formerly entitled Global Employment Trends, the World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015 includes a forecast of global unemployment levels and explains the factors behind this trend, including continuing inequality and falling wage shares. It looks at the drivers of the rising middle class in the developing world as well as the risk of social unrest, especially in areas of elevated youth unemployment. The report addresses structural factors shaping the world of work, including an aging population and shifts in the skills sought by employers.
This edition highlights wage issues in Viet Nam in the context of economic integration, fire safety at Better Work factories and career guidance to connect the dots for better jobs for young people. You can find another story on a business plan competition for farmers as well as information on new relevant laws adopted by the National Assembly. The newsletter also includes part of the interview by ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy, Ms Sandra Polaski, with the press during her visit to Viet Nam.
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